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. now begging president obama to personally intervene. 64-year-old alan fwroes sa gros country, quote, abandoned him after he was imprisoned for bringing communications items. joining us, jill dougherty with the latest. jil, what are you learning? >> alan gross says he's in a small cell with two other inmates. he gets about an hour a day outside in a very small courtyard. and he says other than a few phone calls and visits, he is completely isolated from the outside world. at the gates of the white house, the wife of alan gross pleads for the president to help her husband. >> please, mr. president, don't leave alan to die in cuba. >> reporter: today marks the fourth anniversary of alan gross' imprisonment in cuba. arrested while working as a contractor for the u.s. government, bringing internet connectivity to cuba's jewish community. he was accused of trying to subvert the cuban revolution and sentenced to 15 years in prison. gross' family just released a letter from the 64-year-old to president barack obama begging the president to personally intervene. "with the utmost respect, mr.
. president obama was 19 years old when he first got involved with the anti-apartheid movement. the first time he gave what being call a political speech was back in 1981. he was a sophomore at occidental college when he spoke out against apartheid. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and personal idol who struggled his earliest ambitions. >> i am one of the first who grew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my first political action, the first thing i ever did that involved an issue of policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005 before obama became president. the two leaders, each standing in history as the first black president of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forward for mandela's 2010 memoir "conversations with myself." he wrote his example helped awakened me to the wider world and the obligation that we all have to stand up for what is right. through his choices, mandela made it clear that we did not have to accept the world as it is, take we could do our part to seek
-year low, which means that 47% of this economy has basically given up until obama. these policies have not created economic growth, and everybody knows it. >> but wait, wait, ants my question. >> i can answer it. >> the house republicans is 40 jobs create bills that are stalled in the senate. >> they're all the same two things. >> no, they're not. they're energy job, they're rural jobs, farm jobs. >> the biggest thing you can do to create jobs, whether you're a republican or democrat, and this has been true throughout centuries, is for the government to be smaller and for the private sectoring to bigger. that means less regulation, not the monstrous expansion we have seen, and we just got the tip of the iceberg there. >> wait, wait, wait. wait a second. >> more taxes, less spending, and same -- >> the administration -- however -- >> i want to hear the governor here. >> it's down to pre-stimulus levels and heading in the right direction. >> despite obama. the sequester, by the way, is less than 1% of total federal spending. if we think this nation cannot tighten its belt, then we should
as a hero for decades. president obama was just 19 years old when he first started participating in the anti-apartheid movement. it was 1981, he was a sophomore at oxidental college in california where he gave his first political speech, speaking out against apartheid. for president obama, nelson mandela was a personal hero and a political idols who legendary struggles fueled his ambitions. >> i drew inspiration from nelson mandela's life. my very first political action, first thing i ever did that involved an issue or a policy or politics was a protest against apartheid. >> reporter: they met in person only briefly in 2005, before obama became president. the two leaders each standing in history as the first black president of his nation, spoke occasionally by phone. president obama penned the forward for mandela's 2010 memoir "conversations with myself." he wrote his example helped awaken me to the wider world and the obligation that we all have to stand up for what is right. through his choices, mandela made it clear that we did not have to seep the world as it is, that we could do our par
made two years ago that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. well, it turns out that the president not only knew him, he once lived with him. why so much confusion? cnn's brian todd has more. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who works at a liquor store near boston and he's now caught up in the president's latest political migraine. the man's name, onyango obama, also called omar, the president's uncle. "the boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and hess uncle had never met, but the white house press secretary now says this -- >> the president said that he, in fact, had met omar obama when he moved to cambridge for law school and that he stayed with him for a brief period of time until his -- the president's apartment was ready. >> reporter: in recent days the uncle said that barack obama stayed with him for three weeks in the 1980s. why the differing accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the record, including the president's book, and there was no evidence that they had met. >> reporter: jay carney says it was
at the center of a deportation case for years. initially, the administration said president obama never met with the uncle seen here during an unrelated court appearance. but now it turns out he briefly lived with the uncle many years ago. brian todd has been looking into the story for us. explain this contradiction. what's going on. >> the contradiction is explained by the white house by saying there almost was no contradiction. when they said before there was no record of president obama meeting his uncle, that there really was no written record, not even in the president's book of him meeting his uncle, but not only did he meet him, but he stayed with him for a brief period of time in the '80s when the president's apartment was being readied for him in cambridge, massachusetts. the problem was in 2012, the white house said that the boston globe cited the white house as saying they had never met. now, this is what jay carney said yesterday about all this. >> when omar obama said the other day, and there were reports he had said the other day that president obama back when he was a law sch
has backed away from a reported statement made two years that president obama had never met an uncle who lives near boston. it turns out the president not only knew the uncle, he actually once lived with him. why all the confusion? here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: he's a 69-year-old man who lives outside of boston. the "boston globe" previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. now the white house press secretary said this -- >> the president said he stayed with his uncle for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. >> reporter: he said he said with him for three weeks. why the different accounts? >> back when this arose, folks looked at the president's book and there was no evidence that they met. >> jay carney said it was when he asked the president when he was told. critics of the white house say this speaks to a deeper credibility problem of the president and his staff not being forthcoming. >> so really, it was such an unforced error and it just goes back to this thing of the white house not being completely forthright w
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the best education they can. it's four years after president obama says what is at stake is nothing less than the american dream and george w. bush warned about the soft bigotry and reynold regan said it's eroded by a rising tide of mediocrity. a global exam given to 15-year-old s showing them average in science and reading and below average in math. there were little or no gains in the last decade while other countries raced ahead of the united states. here to talk about it amanda riply author of the smartest kids in the world and how they got that way. this latest study is one of a continuing string of stud sdis that shows the u.s. educational system lacking behind the rest of the world. it doesn't seem like the u.s. is getting worse, just the rest of the world getting better. >> that's exactly right, anderson. this is very revealing. it shows we're walking around in one of those people movers going nowhere, the rest of the world, very many countries are on escalators. what this shows is it's not so much we've been doing anything differently but in a context everybody is playing to win
hunltsman, the former ambassador to china he will served during the first two years of the obama administration. mr. ambassador, mr. governor, thank you. vice president's language specifically chosen, deeply concerned. is that strong enough? >> well, i think that's appropriate terminology. it was spoken in tokyo where coordinating a lot of what goes on in the region with our ally, japan, and also with korea to some extent is absolutely critical at this point. and the language used was appropriate given the circumstances. now it will all play out in beijing as he meets with the new leader of china who he got to know on a personal level when they were vice presidents together. she served as vice president before becoming president of china. so they have a preexisting relationship. it is actually quite unusual for the head of china to accord this amount of time to the vice president of the united states. so he's giving him a private dinner. he spent two hours with him in a by lateral meeting. all of that presumably is taking us in a direction that defines some parameters around the
gross was in prison four years ago in cuba. now in a new letter he appeals for president obama to personally intervene in his case saying extraordinary steps have been taken for other americans. the letter will be delivered today. part of a new strategy by his family to put direct pressure on the white house. a copy was given to "the washington post." >>> major snowstorm is set to hit part of the country! >> i know. it doesn't feel that like here. it's warm here. >> it is. indra petersons is covering that for us. >> i want to give you a jump-start. >> this is bad news? >> i have to start off the top with it. >> look at her smiling. >> 51 right now. that is our high today. i want to take you guys to saturday. notice where it's cold and look at the rest of the country. diving down. dallas in the 30s and st. louis the 20s and we're in the 40s. compared to everyone else, everything is relative, right? i like you think it looks good. a reason for this. we know the storm out in the pacific northwest is changing a lot and continue to push off to the east and the south today and let's
accompanied president obama to the prison on the island earlier this year, i know the as well as the people of the united states would want to be represented. after all, it's the citizens of the united states that have played such a significant role in the overthrow of apar tight in the release -- on the birthday of nelson mandela, 22 states across the united states mobilized in order to say happy birthday to him. we've had the unveiling of the statue on massachusetts avenues outside our embassy. i think the people of the united states would expect a senior level of leadership at the funeral. your country, i assume is ready for that kind of moment when so many world laters, may more than we have seen in recent years, attend the funeral of a great person. >> i think that's the amount of love and administration and respecti think our country will, despite its grief, be able to receive the world with great dignity and i am sure that no amount of preparation will be able to manage the sheer numbers of people. we had the experience of world cup 2010 behind us. i think we have shown we can put on
a life saving prescription on new year's day and the obama care plan is not yet available. this coverage gap is real. >> this is a big deal to quote joe biden. >> the president also appealed to another key part of his base when a youth summit gathered at the white house. mr. obama answered critics who says he has been avoiding an affordable care act nickname. >> i know people call this law obama care. that's okay. because i do care. and -- i do. i care about you. i care about -- >> the president made this policy pitch today knowing full well republicans in congress will not go for it, but that fits the president's political goals for the upcoming year. not only taking the fight in the upcoming state of the union speech, but in the coming months election cycle. >> let's continue with gloria bor borger. what is the president attempting to establish today? >> one is an issue of poverty and inequality. he started his career organizing poor people in chicago. this is an issue i thought he would come back to in this term and he has. the other part of this is look, this is not much different fr
for 20 years. >> reporter: today president obama will be focusing on young people, as i said, he'll deliver remarks at a youth summit on the affordable care act. chris and kate, young people are very key to this whole program working. they are healthier, so they're less expensive to care for. it's key to have them in there so they can offset older, less healthy, more expensive folks. >> absolutely right, brianna, coming to us live from the white house lawn this morning. thank you. >>> a new video shedding more light this morning on the death of actor paul walker and the very first minute after that car crash. the "fast & furious" star and a friend were killed in that fiery wreck, you'll remember, this weekend. casey wian joins us now with much more into the investigation on just what went wrong. >> reporter: new video showing that it took a full minute for the speeding car that actor paul walker and his friend were in to explode. after it crashed, raising new questions about how they died. >> chilling new video showing the crash that killed actor paul walker and his friend, roger
to be back with you. i'm jake tapper. we'll begin with the national lead for most of the year. paula deen held the award for worst public disaster, and obama care rolled out, bad headlines, frustrated customers. during that time president obama explained, and eventually apologized. the white house claiming healthcare.gov handled 1 million visitors without major issues, the president is launching a massive three-week-long blitz to entice americans back to the website to sign up for insurance policies. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future. people want the financial stability of health insurance and we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. >> and so it begins. and this will last until december 23rd, the deadline for people to enroll if they want plans beginning on january 1st. each day the white house says they will plug different benefits that you can get through obama care with help from democrats and progressive action groups. even though we've heard more insurance pitches from the president in the last few months than buill murra
, and bon you recallic, the former republic governor of maryland. three more years. will president obama bounce back? on the crossfire. >>> welcome to "crossfire." i'm van jones on the left. >> i'm newt gingrich on the right. in the crossfire, a white house veteran and state house veteran. in today ace daily briefing, the white house continued to glorify the 80% succeeds rate of the government's health care website. let's put that in normal american context. for a teenager working at mcdonald's 80% accuracy gets you fired that day. for an airline pilot, 80% accuracy and landing at the right airport gets you fired that day. only the government and this at mrgs would call a sunday press event, claiming the health care website is 80% accurate and expect applause. actually we're getting a tutorial in the disastrous results of -- >> you just -- we can't do it. please, we're making progress, but you're always bragging on the private sector. i want to point out that today bestbuy.com was down while healthcare.gov was up. even the private sector is not perfect. we're making progress, and i'm pro
. >>> an american sentenced to 15 years in a cuban prison makes a direct appeal to president obama. today, marking four years since allen gross was arrested for bringing banned communications equipment into china as part of a state department program to increase internet access. now in a letter to the president, gross says he feels as though the government abandoned him and he believes only president obama's intervention can get him home. >>> all right, kate, fascinating research. indra, pay attention. for the first time shows how different men and women's brains are. it's science, people. scientists scanned the brains of more than 900 young men and women and confirmed something that many of us ladies have suspected. our brains are hardwired to multitask. gentlemen, we love you. your brains are better at focusing on single, complex tasks. >> by fixing what women multitask on. >> left and right brains are much better connected. i'll say it again. left and right brains in women are much better connected. men have more intense activity in individual sections of the brain. i could make a -- i won't ac
touch. he was only allowed two letters a year from his family. >> president obama and his family toured robben island during their first visit to south africa in june into word of any son mandela's death spread quickly around the world and the united states, of course. for many americans his death was like losing one of his own. >> president obama met the leader in 2005 and he and the first lady visited south africa in june but they were unable to meet with mandela due to his failing health. the president paid tribute to the falling icon counting himself among the millions influenced by mandela. >> the day he was released from prison gave me a sense of what human beings can do when they're guided by their hopes and not by their fears. and like so many around the globe, i cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that will nelson mandela set. >> want to bring in andrew young, civil rights leader and former ambassador to the united nations. welcome, as well as james joseph, former u.s. ambassador to south africa and duke university professor, both of who new mandela very well o
with one. change could save lives, he says, including inning victims like 15-year-old, an honor student shot near president obama's neighborhood of hyde park after taking a final exam. >> her alleged killer pled guilty to illegal possession of a firearm in november of 2012. and killed her in january of 2013. >> many people in illinois are resistant to any gun laws. listen to this exchange we had earlier with the national rifle association. he thinks superintendent mccarthy is trying to erode the rights of gun owners. >> no question. >> that doesn't make sense, does it? >> yes, it does. you have to remember where he came from. he came from new york. >> superintendent mccarthy because he is from new york cannot be trusted? >> yes. >> that sounds a little bit paranoid. >> i don't think it is paranoid. i think it is fact. we've watched this over the years. >> despite that violence south of control, the murder rate has fallen for five straight quarters. most people on the south side of chicago we talked to say they have noticed a difference. >> it has slowed down. >> is it getting better in.
is a stage and there are lots of actors these days. president obama acknowledge the u.s. would accept a peaceful nuclear energy program in iran. 85-year-old merrill newman is back on u.s. soil and with family after being detained. north korean authorities seized newman off a departing plane more than a month ago. joining me now, congressman michael mccall, chairman of the house homeland security and congressman adam schiff, a member of the house select intelligence committee. thanks for coming in on a snowy day. not always easy in washington. i want to start with merrill newman because i know his son is in your district and you had been back and forth with him. why did north korea seize him and why did they let him go? >> it's a very good question, and i'm not sure we'll ever know completely the answer. it may be as the north koreans have said that as a personal peek, they found out about his war record and pulled him off the plane. it may have something to do with iran, with the fact that north korea is not the focus of attention right now, that they often will grab people to gain at
this argument into it's obama care or nothing. first of all, insurance companies have already stated that 26 year olds can stay on their parents' insurance. republicans have already been in favor of pre-existing conditions. >> let's stop there. let's talk about that for a second. >> wait an inch in utd. i'm going to answer your question. >> you need to tell the american people exactly right now how you're going to cover people with pre-existing conditions because there is no -- >> mitt romney ran on -- >> exactly. >> mitt romney ran on it. republicans have run on it. >> there's a huge loop hold in there. [ talking simultaneously ] >> republicans don't care of that. >> when the affordable care act was passed, not a single republican was asked to be at the table. >> that is simply not true. >> i knew you were going to say that. >> we tried repeatedly over and over to get republicans to come to the table. >> not a single republican voted for the obama care. >> one thing that republicans approved -- >> we had a big fight over a government shutdown because republicans wanted to defund obama care.
be destroyed by the middle of next year. >>> the white house is in full holiday mode. first lady michelle obama showing off the decorations. the visitors the next two weeks will be treated to the portuguese waterdogs ornament made out of black satin ribbons. one of the real first dogs sonny got a little excited yesterday knocking down a 2-year-old girl visiting from alabama! can you believe it? this is like the biggest white house scandal? no. >> look at that! >> that is the one where it looks nice. the next one, she ends up on the ground. >> she has a lasting memory there. they are all talking about it. >> the dog is bigger than she is. >> there she is on the ground! he decked her! >> he did not deck her. just a big dog. >> george w. bush had barney. >> she gets a hug from the first lady. it's all better. all better. >> i hope that girl doesn't have bad dreams of that nasty dog. >>> coming up, a celebrity chef airing her dirty laundry in court. lawson is opening up about her drug use and got to say a whole lot more as she tries to prove two sisters swindled her out of a million dollars. we are
holidays with kenne kenneth. >>> unlike newman, bae was sentenced for his alleged crimes, given 15 years of hard labor for, quote, hostile acts. >>> president barack obama says he's keeping his options open when it comes to maintaining national security. we'll go live to washington where he just wrapped up a discussion about the middle east with israeli leaders. >>> and a singer with an all american look is trying to win the title of "arab's got talent." we're aig. and we're here. to help secure retirements and protect financial futures. to help communities recover and rebuild. for companies going from garage to global. on the ground, in the air, even into space. we repaid every dollar america lent us. and gave america back a profit. we're here to keep our promises. to help you realize a better tomorrow. from the families of aig, happy holidays. ♪ [ male announcer ] the parking lot helps by letting us know who's coming. the carts keep everyone on the right track. the power tools introduce themselves. all the bits and bulbs keep themselves stocked. and the doors even handle the checkout
, president obama heading to south africa where crowds are mourning and celebrating nelson mandela. we'll have a live report on the president's expected role in tomorrow's public memorial service. >>> and right now, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu. hello, i'm wolf blitzer reporting today from washington. it doesn't seem to matter where you are in the united states today. we all have one thing in common. pretty much miserable weather. if you're headed to the airport, pag your patience. more than a thousand flights already have been canceled today. on the roads, it's no better. this was the scene in yonkers, outside new york city. police say 30 people were injured in a 24-plus car pile-up on the bronx river parkway late last night. one reminder, falling ice posing a huge threat. a sheet of melting ice fell to the ground in plano, texas, damaging at least eight parked cars. thankfully no people were on street at the time. cnn is covering all
department planning to sell the last of its stock in gm by the end of the year. so interesting to me. do you think this proves what was first president bush and then president obama's bailout worked, austan? >> in a way, it did. we were facing the auto industry's big three at that time because of financial system was shutdown. i don't think we should use that as an aspiration. rather than these are good investments the government should be engaged in. you see manufacturing coming back. some of that is based on cost and productivity relatively shifting to the u.s. of the more attractive place to do business. some of it is we had a lot of pent up demand. people have been driving the same car as long as they can drive it until the fenders fell off. you have to eventually get new cars. >> that is so true. kevin and austan, thank you so much. >>> the american auto industry leaving the bailout in the mirror and thriving. we talked about the numbers. let's check out the flash. this is the new 2015 mustang revealed at the 50th birthday party. sleeker profile and more power and better gas mileage and
of the united states? it is not herbert hoover, it is barack obama. >> it is a 30 year trend. it is a 30 year trend. >> if they want to change this, they have a way to change it. they could do this. there are on a bunch of other things. don't say it is corporate greed, it is inability of political leadership to get anything done. >> it's a 30 year trend. you can't say government is going to make companies pay people more. that's a dictatorship. >> all right. >> they make rich companies pay people more. >> not because the conversation ended, but because i am being yelled at. we have a commercial break to get in. we have to pick this up another time, another place, thank you so much. appreciate it. >> have a good week. >> you, too. >>> millions are being impacted by winter like weather. among them, a country singer talking about conditions in one of the hardest-hit areas. ♪ nothing says, "you're my #1 copilot," like a milk-bone biscuit. ♪ say it with milk-bone. ♪ (train horn) vo: wherever our trains go, the economy comes to life. norfolk southern. one line, infinite possibilities. so ally
. but we view cuba as our enemy, this is not the time for president obama to be embracing him. nelson mandela was great friends with bill clinton and barack obama and he was friends with gaddafi and castro. he's like the man of the year, nelson mandela, the time of all this global strife he still has a role as healing agent, bringing different people together on stage. >> and that's in fact something that mandela's former personal assistant said, tomorrow people should all be honoring their relationship with madiba, if it means shaking hands with the enemy, yes, i would like to see that. that is what nelson mandela was and is bringing people together despite their differences. i guess that's the point is what could be more of a tribute to nelson mandela than people who'd normally would not talk, talking, and i'm not saying they have to be embracing or back slapping or even smiling, but talking. that would, i, might argue, be the greatest trigg tribute to nelson mandela that could you have at a nelson mandela memorial. >> you know how we have our state of the union addresses. and every
and more, swanson makes holiday dishes delicious. >>> welcome back, everyone. a plea from the obama administration and north korea to release a korean war vet detained more than a month. 85-year-old merrill newman was seen in a video apologizing for crimes against the state. newman taken off a plane in october as he was getting ready to leave pyongyang with a tour group. officials are deeply concerned about him. later today they will have an interview with kenneth bay, another person in north korea right now. they will have an interview with his sister. that is coming up later on "new day." >>> that is . >> i request see some people flying from the left side, people from the back. it's just crazy. >> moment of impact, new details on a new york commuter train that derailed. four killed, dozens injured. the big question, why? mechanical failure or conductor error? >>> terror on the rise the stunning admission from two intelligence leaders telling cnn the threat of terrorism has increased. where is the greatest threat coming from now? >>> drone delivery. amazon ceo reveals drones dropp
" with jake tapper starts now. >>> happy repeal day! take it easy, obama care fans and foes. i'm talking about repealing prohibition. it ended 80 years ago this hour. cheers! i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." >>> the world lead. it's the city where terrorists attacked and killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans more than a year ago. today, another u.s. citizen has been slain in benghazi, libya. who was ronald thomas smith ii? can his family expect justice? >>> the national lead. with his son's suicide, this has been the worst year of pastor rick warren's life but he has relied on his faith to get through it. pastor warren joins us live to share his theory that faith can lighten the burden not only on your soul but on your health. >>> and the politics lead. how to talk to a woman. no, it's not a book full of cheesy pick-up lines. it's a crash course for the men of the republican party. they are getting tips on communicating with female voters. lesson one, lose the idiotic remarks about rape. good afternoon, everyone. welcome to "the lead." i'm jake tapper. we begin with the world
tonight. we begin with headline, 2016 fever tests hillary clinton and president obama's bond. the reason his popularity is sinking. if she stays too close to him she hurts 49er chances of succeeding him. she is not officially running for anything yet and he has three years left in office. >> you're sitting here together. everybody in town is talking about it already and this is taking place. >> you know, steve, i got to tell you, you guys in the press are incorrible. >> we cannot make predictions of what is going to happen. all we can do is get up and have a clear-eyed view of what is going on in the world. >> that was then. what about now? with us tonight, christiane amanpour, and in the fifth chair, peter beinhart. alex, what do you make of their relationship? >> first, i liked hillary with those wolf blitzer glasses on there. i think it is tough for any politician go to through the process. hillary clinton era of big government is over but with president obama the era of big government is back with a vengeance. in a primary she has to hug barack obama. but barack obama in a general el
a year or two ago. >>> president obama's former national security adviser is defending the recent deal on iran's nuclear program tom donelan says they were responsible the deal serves as a good foundation for further negotiation t. deal has been criticized by many in congress and israelis as being too soft on the regime. >>> officials say speed was a factor in the car crash that took the life of paul walker. he was a passenger. and a notorious difficult part to handle. the "fast and furious" star was leaving a charity. his father said his son had a big heart and he was proud of him every day of his life. quite a scare for passengers on board a flight from austin to phoenix. they had been advised to get a tuberculosis shot. a passenger on the plane may have been carrying the disease. paramedics boarded the airplane and told passengers they might want to get the vaccine. he adds the passenger in question was cleared to board but had his status changed while the plane was in the air. i want to show you some incredible footage of 63 women who shattered the female vertical formation sky div
with more lycra strands. get your free sample at depend.com. the attack on pearl harbor. it was 72 years ago today. the japanese surprise attack killed more than 2,000 american service members. the attack brought the u.s. into world war two. >>> president obama is having a hard time explaining a meeting with controversial relative. for some time the white house has said the president never met with a kenyan uncle who was in the united states illegally. but now it has a new version of what happened. here's cnn's brian todd. >> reporter: fredericka, which is at an uncle of the president who has gone through some legal problems with immigration and other things. and it's about an impression the white house has given that it's keeping this uncle at arm's length. but white house aides now say they weren't doing that. he's a 69-year-old man who works at a liquor store near boston and is now kuth up in the president's political migraine. the man's name called omar, the president's uncle. the boston globe previously cited the white house as saying the president and his uncle had never met. but the w
and there are lots of actors these days. at an international forum saturday, president obama acknowledged the u.s. would accept a peaceful nuclear energy program in iran. meanwhile, 8 a-year-old merrill newman is back on u.s. soil and with family after being detained in north korea. pyongyang said it deported the 85-year-old veteran of the korean war. north korean authorities seized newman off a departing plane more than a month ago. joining me now, congressman michael mccall, he is chairman of the house homeland security committee and adam shift, a member of the house select intelligence committee. thanks for coming in on a sthoey day. not always easy in washington. i want to start out with merrill newman. i know his son is in your district. you had been back and forth with him. why did north korea seize him and why did they legality him go? >> it's a very good question. i'm not sure we'll ever know completely the answer. it may be as a north koreans have said that, you know, part of a personal pique they found out abouthis war record and pulled him off the plain. it may have to do something w
is almost evenly divided on the issue with 49% saying they support stricter loss. compare that with 20 years ago when the brady bill was enacted. back then 70% said they favored tighter gun control. economic inequality between the richest and poorest americans is on president obama's mind today, likely the focus of his state of the union address in january. a little while ago, the president spoke about that, and he had a special message for republicans who oppose the affordable care act. >> if you still don't like obama care, and i know you don't, even though it's built on market-based ideas of choice and competition in the private sector, then you should explain how exactly you'd cut costs and cover more people and make insurance more secure. you owe it to the american people to tell us what you are for. not just what you're against. >> our senior white house correspondent jim an costas is joining us from the white house right now. sounds the president was throwing down a little bit of a gauntlet to the republicans. what else did he say? >> he really was, wolf. you know, this was billed as
, fighting to close that pay gap, calling for a raise up to 15 bucks an hour, nearly $25,000 a year if you work full time. powerful ally on its side now, president obama. >> we know that we're going to have a greater and greater portion of our people in the service sector. we know there are airport workers, fast food workers and nurse assistants and retail salespeople who work their tails off and are still living at or barely above poverty. that's why it's well past the time to raise a minimum wage. >> so the president wants the minimum wage to rise to 10 bucks an hour, but that message being pushed by the president and protesters does not sit well with some corporate executives. here is the dire prediction from an executive at white castle. >> groups out there are asking and pleading to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour and to more than double the federally mandated minimum wage wouldn't be bad for white castle. it would be catastrophic. that would result in closing more than 200 of those restaurants and the ones remaining would be glowing embers, dying stars. >> alison kosik is at a
because a lot of people are being kind of tight this year. >> you can see why, because congress has yet to pass a budget, right? the effects of obama care have yet to sink in. so you would -- you understand consumers are a little nervous and don't want to spend as much money. >> right. i think those consumers who have jobs, who are lucky enough to have money in the stock market which is soaring, who are relieved that the value of their house is going up, those upper-end consumers will probably spend pretty readily and i expect the retailers who serve them will see a pretty good christmas. people who serve that mass market where wages haven't been rising, you're right, people may have some anxiety about health care, i think they're less worried about the budget than their paychecks and health care, those retailers have to work hard to get people to spend. >> you've touched on something, you know. the stock market is on fire. banks are profitable. the upper 1% doing just fine. so is this just the story of the american economy? >> it is definitely one story of the american economy. i think
this year. because of military budget constraints. >>> blockbuster jobs report for november. >> yeah. >> and it could not have come at a better time really for president obama. he's not had a lot of good news lately. >> no, not at all. let's give you the numbers. i was certainly surprised when these came out. the u.s. economy adding 203,000 jobs last month, pushing the unemployment rate down pretty significantly to 7%. that is the lowest unemployment rate we've seen since 2008. the depths of the recession. >> let's look at the jobs number through a political lens. we're joined by amy holmes, "hot list" anchor at the blaze. good morning, ladies, i want to jump into it. because we never have enough time for the segment. i want to look at the way people are experiencing the economy, and there's a cnn/orc poll, 24% believe that the economy is improving, 39% believe the country is still in a downturn. and then when you break it apart by age. >> right. >> 34% of people under 50 say we're still headed in a downturn. 45% of people over 50 say we're headed in a downturn. let's start with you,
. >> survivors of pearl harbor gathered in hawaii for a special ceremony honoring those killed 72 years ago today. the 1941 attack launched america into world war ii. the crowd observed a moment of silence and then a vintage world war ii airplane flew overhead to break the silence. >> president obama defended his six-month nuclear deal with iran today when he spoke at a prominent d.c. forum. the deal requires iran temporarily cap nuclear activities in exchange for slightly relaxed sanctions. critics suggest they are being unrealistic to think they will give up nuclear capabilities forever. >> one could imagine an ideal world where iran said we'll i dee str -- destroy every element where it's all gone, in which congress passed every one of my bills that i put forward. i mean, there are a lot of things that i can envision that would be wonderful. >> well, the forum is being held by the brookings institution, which is a washington think tank. >> friday's jobs report was a shot in the arm for the fokt and some good news for a white house that hasn't had a lot of it recently. 203,000 jobs were added a
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tomorrow. "the lead" with jake tapper starts now. >>> happy repeal day! take it easy, obama care fans and foes. i'm talking about repealing prohibition. it ended 80 years ago this hour. cheers! i'm jake tapper. this is "the lead." >>> the world lead. it's the city where terrorists attacked and killed a u.s. ambassador and three other americans more than a year ago. today, another u.s. citizen has been slain in benghazi, libya. who was ronald thomas smith ii? can his family expect justice? >>> the national lead. with his son's suicide, this has been the worst year of pastor rick warren's life but he has relied on his faith to get parough it.
and flying isn't much better. already 1500 flights have been canceled. also right now, president obama heading to south africa where crowds are mourning and celebrating nelson mandela. we'll have a live report on the president's expected role in tomorrow's public memorial service. >>> and right now, 85-year-old merrill newman resting at his home in california after spending more than a month in captivity in north korea. he's also sharing new details about his ordeal, including the menu.
and talked about his wife's chances of running for president, joe biden, and his critique of obama care. >> is mrs. clinton running for president? >> i don't know. and i think, and she believes, that the country should spend at least another year working hard on the problems that we have. we have very serious challenges in american and responsibilities around the world. i think it's a big mistake this constant four-year complain. we need to deal with the business we have before us. >> what kind of president do you think vice president joe biden would make? >> if he runs and he's a nominee, i'll try to help him. i think the world of him. i think -- we've been friends. i first remember working with him when he was the chairman of the judiciary committee to the senate and i was a governor and he asked me to testify in a judicial hearing for him. and i had to file a testimony because i had to go to asia. but i've known him for years and years. and i have a very high opinion of him. i care a great deal about him and i think he's done a good job for the president and for the country. >> is it
has empowered each and every one of us. >> reporter: nelson mandela, a man who spent 27 years behind bars, now eulogized by presidents and monarchs. in washington, flags at the white house were lowered to half-staff. president obama spoke of the man who inspired him. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: and former presidents clinton, bush and carter united to mourn the leader, in cities across the nation, people coming together to honor the man who has become a global symbol for justice and humanity, a touching tribute lights a marquee at the legendary apollo theater in harlem where nelson mandela visited to his first trip to the u.s. in 1990. >> he came to the state office building, drew about 200,000 people out here that day. and those struggles that we have here in the united states, he was very familiar with and they were going through the same in south africa. >> reporter: news of his death traveled swiftly around the wo
to put it. >> president obama talking about it the other day. >> but the fact is the situation's gotten worse in the last three years. more than 90% of the income increases over the past three years have gone to the top 1%. so it's possible that you have -- look, these are great numbers. but the fact is that a lot of people are not feeling it, even if they have a job. so i don't think that it's just the jobless rate that people look at, because only jobless rate that counts is the one in your household. a lot of people may have a job, but it's not enough of a job, or it doesn't pay enough, or it's only part-time, whatever it is, and that's why you see the differential between, hey, look, the jobless rate is going down, and people going, i think we're on the wrong track. >> candy crowley, the brilliant candy crowley, thank you for joining me. tune in for stre"state of the u" at 9:00 in the morning. >> here's breaking news we have to get to now. as we reported a couple minutes ago, as many as six people taken to a hospital in mexico for radiation poisoning. think of the timing here becaus
including president obama to south africa. >>> in montana, jury selections starting today in the case of a new bride charged with murdering her husband just eight days after their wedding. the 22-year-old has pleaded not guilty. >>> it is sentencing day for former san diego mayor bob filner. filner resigned in august accused of sexual misconduct by nearly 20 women, expected to take a deal involving no jail time and a ban on seeking public office. >>> number five, princeton students will line up today for the first doses of meningitis b vaccine, the vaccine is not yet approved in the u.s. but the fda cleared it for use following an outbreak of the rare strain on campus. we always update those five things to know, be sure to go to newdaycnn.com for the latest. >>> for what you need to know about the weather, indra is taking a look at that. it is causing havoc if you're traveling. >> in the bronx a 20-car pile-up when you see the dangerous sleet, snow and ice moving into the area. it's not the ohm thing out there. look at the freezing fog advisory in through dallas. it wasn't bad enough
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